Welcome back to Yes Whale! Today I’m talking all things Classics, and what I’ll be reading this month.
Though I find them pretty intimidating, I’d really like to make more of an attempt at reading, and enjoying, classics. That is why, when Lucy (of Queen of Contemporary) introduced #CLASSICSATHON, I immediately wanted to get involved – not only to motivate myself, but to get a head-start on my university reading list, as there are quite a few classics on there.
So, I thought I’d let you all in on my #CLASSICSATHON reading list, in case you’re in need of inspiration or (like me) are a little nosey.
SIDE NOTE: I will not make it through all of these (some of them are pretty hefty), but they will all be by my bed throughout the month, and I’ll see how many I can get through. The beauty of #CLASSICSATHON is that there is no set challenge – you can read one classic, or ten, in whatever language and whatever form (novel, poetry, play) that you’d like.
You can find Lucy’s video here, if you want to know more!
TESS OF THE D’URBERVILLES, THOMAS HARDY
Reading Jude the Obscure caused me to fall madly in love with Hardy’s writing style, despite it being RIDICULOUSLY depressing. The moment that I finished, I knew I had to add Tess to my TBR. I am a little way through, and am already obsessed – I’m pretty sure it is going to become a fast favourite. I need to know more about Alec – he sounds so shady.
AURORA LEIGH, ELIZABETH BARRETT BROWNING and THE MILL ON THE FLOSS, GEORGE ELIOT.
I know very little of these two, but both are on a reading list for my core module next term (Modern Love: Victorian Poetry and Prose, if you’re interested). Let me know if you’ve read either of these, and what I should expect.
GREAT EXPECTATIONS, CHARLES DICKENS
I cannot tell you how much I adored reading Great Expectations – I cannot wait to reread it, and look at it in depth for the same course. It is full of the most complex characters, and has a plot that you can completely lose yourself in. Plus, there are some wonderful adaptions out there, if you’re a sucker for an adaption of a classic novel (I HIGHLY recommend the Emma Thompson adaption of Sense and Sensibility if you are (I mention it in my top ten reads of 2018 if you want to know more)).
JANE EYRE, CHARLOTTE BRONTE
Another course text, but one that I have been meaning to read for a very long time. I’m almost certain that I’m going to adore this novel, even if it does take me a little while to get into – hopefully my confidence will grow as the month progresses and I won’t find it too difficult when I start.
FAR FROM THE MADDING CROWD, THOMAS HARDY
I won’t be disappointed if I don’t make it to this one, but I would really like to read more Hardy. It’s definitely something I want to work on when I leave university.
CAT ON A HOT TIN ROOF, TENNESSEE WILLIAMS
Cat on a Hot Tin Roof has been on my TBR since obsessing over A Streetcar Named Desire in my last year of school. Williams writes utterly compelling characters that you cannot help but become obsessed with. I am hoping this will be a brief read – and the wonderful thing about a play, is that there is always a performance to watch afterwards. I like to see if the characters play out on stage/film as they do in my head. Vivien Leigh, for example, is intoxicating as Blanche, and is just as I imagined. If you have read A Streetcar Named Desire but haven’t watched Vivien Leigh as Blanche, it’s a must see.
PRIDE AND PREJUDICE, JANE AUSTEN
Another I have wanted to read for a while, and that I am pretty sure I will love – particularly after reading Sense and Sensibility (it might be my favourite classic). I partly want to revisit Austen’s spectacular style, but I also want to be involved in the Colin Firth as Darcy in a wet shirt nonsense (even if I am 23 years late to the party (though I feel I can be excused as I was minus two when the series was aired)).
And that is my #CLASSICSATHON list! Very ambitious, I know, but I’m not putting any pressure on myself to read them all. If I finish two or three, I’ll be pretty happy.
Are you taking part? If so, let me know what’s on your list in the comments! Are there any we have in common?
I’m going to be documenting my journey on Instagram (@emycatwords) and Twitter (@_emycatmuir) – feel free to follow along.
As always, thank you for reading!